After spawning deadly tornadoes that flattened homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi, a storm system that also caused havoc in the Midwest had Georgia in its sights early today. At least 11 people in the South were killed yesterday, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe weather to at least 28. Six people died in Winston County, Miss., including a woman who perished in the day care center she owned in Louisville, the county coroner says.
"For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable," said a Mississippi state senator whose brick house was destroyed. "It's about as awful as anything we've gone through." Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky, which did not report tornadoes but was slammed with severe storms. Thousands more hunkered down in basements and shelters as the National Weather Service issued watches and warnings for more tornadoes throughout the night in Alabama. (Read more tornadoes stories.)